Encouraging Young People to Code in 2016
One of the reasons I’m proud to work for SAP is how active SAP is in raising awareness and preparing individuals for the future. One of the programs that SAP supports is EU Code Week which started in 2013 as a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors throughout Europe. In 2015, SAP supported a new initiative in Africa, where less than 1% of children leave school with basic coding skills. SAP has partnered with Simplon, Galway Education Centre, and Cape Town Science Centre to create Africa Code Week, based on the original EU initiative.
Now in 2016, SAP has partnered with the UN Refugee Agency to create Refugee Code Week.
To extend coding knowledge to a wider audience, openSAP will once again host courses online to complement Africa Code Week, EU Code Week, and Refugee Code Week from September 15 to November 9!
Starting from September 15, there will be two courses available to teach coding to children and teenagers from age 8-17 years old, in both English and French. The courses will teach children to code with the free MIT program, Scratch. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
The courses are divided into two age groups:
Teaching Programming to Young Learners (Enseigner la programmation aux enfants) is aimed at teachers, parents, and guardians of children aged 8-11 to enable adults to support children during their coding journey.
If you don’t have a good internet connection or access to the internet at all times, then simply download the Scratch system and the openSAP course videos so you can access them and complete the course offline.
All courses are now open for enrollment and available completely free of charge. All you need to sign up is a valid email address and the motivation to learn to code! The courses begin from September 15 and learners will have until November 9 to earn a Record of Achievement and take part in the discussion forums.
Here are some comments from learners that participated in Teaching Programming to Young Learners in 2015 in the I like, I wish forum (login to read)
Both my kids (6 and 8) and I liked this course. They kept hanging around when
I watched the videos and have already started playing in the program and love what they can create.
This course helps kids to enjoy and makes it very interesting for them to learn programming.
Very nice. Thanks Brendan Smith for making it look so simple easy and also illustrating
us with simple examples. Thanks once again. Looking for forward for
more such programming courses in future.
Thanks for a fun introduction to a wonderful learning tool set! Well done!
Hello Brendan, my 13 years old son and me really enjoyed your excellent, informative
and fascinating course. Now my son is keen on teaching scratch to his friends…
I really liked the course and think that Scratch is a great children programming language.
My children (8 and 10 years of age) really enjoy “working” with it. It offers so many possibilities.
The lecturer is very professional and nice to listen to.
I looked at this course because I have two small children, and because I code using “grown-ups’ languages” in the daytime. Very nice way for kids (and non-kids scared or confused by computer speak) to learn programming, this Scratch. And good presentations also. Thanks for this.
Love the show & tell approach! I was setup and experimenting within an hour because you showed me rather than lectured to me! I’ve experimented with programming languages before, but never have I seen the building blocks introduced on such a fun platform!
I like that the course is/was available for several weeks with all material available the whole time. I could easily squeeze it into my family time. I like that I could download the whole material. I like scratch due to the brick style and the possibility to switch to other languages. I like to see and learn from the other uploaded exercises: how many different ideas!
Thanks a lot for the effort you put into creating this course. My 11 year old nephew discovered a whole new world of programming and is now proud owner of his first openSAP certificate. While the lessons were quite easy to follow I had to help him a little understanding some of the final exam questions (German is his mother tongue) but together it was a great experience.